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The Churchill team at the Carmel O’Connor Memorial Blitz at Na Gaeil GAA Club on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

U6: Last Sunday our u6’s visited Austin Stack park accompanied by coaches and parents. The bus journey into Tralee was a highlight for some of the 27 kids but the awe and excitement on their faces when they ran onto the pitch was priceless.

After a kick around and obstacle course, the children were given snacks in the dressing rooms before returning back to Churchill. A great day and a memory made!

U8: Churchill under 8s travelled to Keel on Sunday morning where we played a series of games against Keel’s under 8 teams. Our youngsters really demonstrated how far they have progressed this season with an impressive display of all the skills of Gaelic Football.

It was also great to see so many of the parents had travelled to support our young players. Keel will return the favour and travel to the Spa this Sunday morning and the following week will see the annual Siobhan Cotter Tournament hosted in the Spa.

U10: Congratulations to the Churchill U10 football team who won the John Mitchells Blitz on Saturday last. The boys played superb football in the face of strong opposition.

They had a couple of close calls, but managed to remain unbeaten. The group stage was difficult, as they faced Ballymac, Na Geail, Beale, Kerins ORahillys and finally Ardfert.

Fantastic football was on display both in defence and attack. All told the boys played over ninety six minutes of football. The final was contested with John Mitchells where it was neck and neck for the opening half, but the Churchill boys pulled away in the second half to run out winners.

Like all the other age groups in Churchill, this team worked hard all year, and deserved their victory. Definitely a team to look out for in the future.  The players included the following: Luke O’Carroll, Austin Donnelan, Paddy Hanifin, Eoghan Crowley, Dara Harty, Sean Hickey, Conor Mc’Gibney, Tom Lenihan, Sean Cronin, Eamon Hickey, Daniel Fegan, Cillian Byrnes, Diarmuid Murphy, Garry Egan and Evan Lyons.

U12: Eric Mason U12 Football Tournament:  Our U12s finished their season on Saturday 15th September at the Eric Mason Memorial Invitational Blitz in Ballymac.

Our boys were in a group with Firies, Keel and Glanmire from Cork. Format of the matches was 11 a side, 8 mins a half. Churchill started out with an easy win over Firies, with the boys putting some great moves together to put the game to bed early.

In our second game, we played Glanmire and this was a far tougher challenge. The boys were 9 points behind starting the second half, it looked like this game was beyond them, given the shorter half. However, the boys rose to the challenge and though Glanmire were physically stronger, Churchill clawed back the 9 point deficit and at the final whistle and a draw was probably a fair result.

In the final must-win group game, we played Keel, who also had a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Cup competition with a win. After a close 1st half, Churchill pulled away with a couple of late goals to ensure the win. We finished level on points with Glanmire, but as we had conceded more over the 3 games, we played the winners of the other group, the home team Ballymac, in the Cup semi-final.

Again, this was a great game with the play flowing up and down the pitch, though scores were harder to come by against a strong Ballymac team. Seven points down at half-time, Churchill upped their game in the second half, but Ballymac were able to call on a number of subs to ensure they kept the pressure on.

In the end, Ballymac ran out deserving winners on a score of 2-8 to 1-3. Overall the boys can be proud of their performance throughout the tournament. Well done, boys and well done on a great year’s football.

Team: Jack Dwyer, Art O’Sullivan, Jaydon Deady, Ryan Hickey, Billy Doyle, Hugh Lenihan, Maurice Lenihan, Mark Gazi, Aaron Harty, Tom Quilter, Josh Favedon, Donnacha Buttimer, Conor O’Sullivan

Friends of Churchill GAA. Following the recent launch of the Friends of Churchill Fundraising Initiative we are delighted with the positive response we have received. We sincerely thank those who have already contributed to the fund and we welcome donations from all who wish to be part of this exciting development for our Club in providing first class facilities for the players of the present and future generations. The Dressing Rooms Project is well advanced and we expect it to be complete by year end.

You might please forward your donation to Ger Carmody, Club Development Officer, to Dermot Crowley, Club Treasurer or to any member of the Club Executive.

St Brendans: Best of luck to the St Brendans senior team who play Kerins O’Rahillys in the County Championship quarter final on Saturday evening at 7:45 in Austin Stacks Park.  This game is part of a double header on Saturday evening and follows the meeting of Austin Stacks and Dingle.

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